Ben Foster slams Manchester United star responsible for an ‘absolute disgrace’ against Bournemouth

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster chastised Casemiro for being an “absolute disgrace” during Bournemouth’s second goal against them

Ben Foster called Manchester United defensive midfielder Casemiro an “absolute disgrace” for his irresponsibility during the second goal from Bournemouth. United drew the Cherries 2-2 in the Premier League clash on Saturday which furthered their chance of a top-four finish.

The Red Devils are currently seventh in the Premier League table, thirteen points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa. They are ten points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, the spot that qualifies a team to the Europa League competition.

They could achieve a spot in the Europa Conference League by finishing sixth in the Premier League. United have suffered a horrible season and the potential of no European football next season is another major setback.  

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Ryan Christie of AFC Bournemouth and Casemiro of Manchester United battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vitality Stadium on April 13, 2024 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – APRIL 13: Ryan Christie of AFC Bournemouth and Casemiro of Manchester United battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vitality Stadium on April 13, 2024 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Speaking on his YouTube channel (h/t Metro), Foster berated the role that Casemiro played when United conceded the second goal against Bournemouth. He said:

“The second goal, Casemiro, he’s a holding midfielder. He should be that engine, that rat in the midfield, the disruptor – somebody that breaks up all the attacks, gets in people’s faces. The second goal, for me, is an absolute disgrace. It’s an absolute disgrace. He’s allowed to wander into that space and get his shot off. Casemiro almost notices at the last second, meanders in, hangs a leg in there, and I’m thinking, do you know what? If I was a manager of a team and my holding midfielder did that, that action there and then, I’d say that’ll do. You, come off.”

The Red Devils signed Casemiro from Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 for a £70 million deal. Many questioned the decision to spend massive wages and fees on a player in the latter stages of his career.

However, the Brazil captain started his United tenure positively, showcasing the qualities that helped him win several trophies at Real. He helped United break the six-year trophy drought by winning the Carabao Cup in the 2022-23 season.

The 32-year-old’s form drastically declined during the latter stages of the last season and continued to be poor this season. Casemiro has also suffered nagging injuries and faced sideline for a significant duration this season, making him unreliable.

Many fans and pundits have criticized his lack of energy and ability to keep up with the younger attacking midfielders. Casemiro has failed to shield the United’s defence and eliminate exposure of spaces between the midfield and defence.

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United’s struggle with form and early elimination from the Champions League and the Carabao Cup has coincided with Casemiro’s struggle. Despite his quality on the ball, the Brazilian has been a massive liability for the Red Devils in the midfield.